Finally, after 1.5 years, I’ve grown tired of the last theme and re-designed nanyate.com. (You RSS subscribers need to click into the site to see. :P)
About the Re-Design
This theme is all about serenity, simplicity and balance. I’ve cut out a few redundant pages and removed some unnecessary design elements, so that it’s minimal enough for you to focus on the content but still design-arty enough for my site to retain some of its personality.
The nanyate lantern has always been quite special to me. It reflects my state of soul, in some ways. It spent the last year submerged in water, overwhelmed by waves and drifting along with no land in sight. Now it’s hovering on top of water. I think it represents that I’ve spiritually and psychologically grown in the last year — that I could hold my own and no longer be swept around by the whims of society and the world.
The theme’s also got an awesome new font. For years, I’ve been looking for a something that’s loud, artistic and peppered with a little Asian-styled humility. I’m so, so psyched to have finally found it in Estrya’s Handwriting.
Behind the Name: Flow
The new theme is called Flow. It’s named after a popular psychology book by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. The book talks about a state of mind where you are so immersed in what you do that you can experience beyond yourself and your surroundings. It’s an amazing feeling to experience, and it’s something I definitely feel when I design my blog. I’m so engrossed in the code that I often forget to sleep and eat….and it’s all strangely therapeutic and energizing despite the terrible eye bags I have now.
As usual, I’m too excited about my theme to properly test before I launch, so it’s still in beta mode. I’ll be testing for browser compatibility and accessibility over the next few days. So far, it’s been tested on:
- Mac: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Camino and Rockmelt
- Windows: Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer 7
- Mobile Devices: Android
With that said, I could use all the help I could get, so do drop me a comment or email if you find any bugs.